Well, I like leather shoes. I prefer boots but I need to have some shoes for the office. The boots aren't 'corporate'.
I will start with the beginning. I bought a pair of Doc Martens boots. Nice hard leather. Within a year, the leather cracked. I was treating them with Dubbin every 3-4 weeks. I also bought a pair of Blue Doc Martens at the same time (same Dubbin) and they didn't crack. The blue is wearing off but I'm working with a blue dye to fix them. It's a work in progress every week...
Anyways, since the blue boots didn't crack, I decided to get the same model in Black. The boot has a very soft and flexible leather. I'm very happy with them.
However, I need to move on into shoes. So, I bought a mighty pair of Solovair after reading a thread about boots that was saying that Doc Martens are now made in China.
As much as I like Chinese products , I rather pay someone in England to make the product.
Anyways, got the shoes and the leather is very nice, thick and hard (like my first pair of Doc Martens). I applied some Dubbin on it (as I always do) and then I got some lines forming in the leather where the shoe bend when I walk.
I did a quick search and it seems that Dubbin is good to waterproof the shoe only. It might even dry the leather and make it crack after a while. The website advised that I need mink oil to maintain my leather. Apparently, that stuff will restore the leather and/or nourish it to preserve it longer.
ehow had a few tutorials to repair leather that were interesting.
The shoes that I have are not broken (not after one day). Yes, few blisters here and there so I'm back with the mighty Doc Martens.
I found the stuff, applied it and it seems that my lines almost disappeared... As I don't usually jump in water and my shoes don't often see rain, I am questioning the usage of Dubbin in my case. I think I will stick to mink oil from now on, even if the soft Doc Marten don't have any problems, I'll treat them with Mink oil.
Any comments? Is it right?